Planning Division

I would like to welcome you to the Planning Division's web page.  My name is Michael Boquist and I am the Community Development Director for the City of La Grande.  The Planning Division oversees all Land Use standards that relate to Residential, Commercial and Industrial development within La Grande and its Urban Growth Boundary.  The Planning Division also serves as the support staff for the City Council, Planning Commission and Landmarks Commission.

I hope that you have a positive experience using this web page and are able to find the information you need.  The web page is designed to be an extension of our office and provides many of the same resources that are available at the Planning Division counter.  Please feel free to call or email me with any questions.

NOTICE - FLOOD PLAIN MAPPING REVISIONS
NOTICE - FLOOD PLAIN MAPPING REVISIONS

The City of La Grande is currently working to update the City's flood plain maps, with an intention to more accurately identify and define the 100 year regulatory floodplain boundaries using  modern technology, such as Lidar data and 3D modeling.  The City has engaged the services of Anderson-Perry and Associates and the Army Corp. of Engineers (USACE) to prepare the required analysis and applications for consideration by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). 

This link provides access to the CITY'S INTERACTIVE ARCGIS FLOODPLAIN MAP which includes properties within the city limits of the City of La Grande, it's Urban Growth Boundary, and some bordering properties in Union County areas that may be affected by the same regulatory floodplains that are to be updated.

Note:  This flood plain mapping data is NOT OFFICIAL and is only presented in a proposed and draft form.  The flood plain boundaries reflected on this map are subject to change based on the review and acceptance by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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HOUSING PRODUCTION STRATEGY (HB 2003)

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HISTORIC LANDMARKS AND HISTORIC RESOURCES
Ordinances & Resolutions
Ordinances & Resolutions
  • Land Development Code
  • Downtown Historic District Standards
  • Comprehensive Plan
  • Annexation Ordinance

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Maps

The Planning Division maintains several maps that are used for managing a variety of land use issues within the City.  Maps available on-line include zoning, flood plain, potential wetlands, historic district, plus others.  Please click on the title of this section to view printable maps, although some may be a little outdated.

Below are links to current updated maps that are interactive and designed for public use through our on-line ArcGIS.  These maps provide you the ability to turn some layers on and off, which allows you to more clearly view information of interest.

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Application Forms For Download
Livestock and Beekeeping Regulations

The City of La Grande has adopted new urban livestock (e.g. chickens) and beekeeping regulations.  A permit is required for eligible properties.  Livestock are only allowed on properties with a single dwelling, which are 10,000 square feet and larger.  Please visit this link for information specific to permit requirements and development standards.

Prior to October 5, 2018, livestock uses were prohibited in the City of La Grande.  Uses that existed prior to this date are not grandfathered and are not a protected right, except in rare circumstance. Please contact the City of La Grande Planning Department for more information.

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October 8, 2015
Marijuana Related Businesses - Banned
Marijuana Related Businesses - Banned

By Ordinance of the City of La Grande City Council, all marijuana related facilities are banned or prohibited from locating and operating within the City of La Grande.  This includes the establishment and operation of new medical marijuana processing sites, medical marijuana dispensaries, recreational marijuana producers, recreational marijuana processors, recreational marijuana wholesalers and recreational marijuana retailers.

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PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING INFORMATION
PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING INFORMATION

Planning Commission meeting agendas and meeting minutes.  Occasionally, applications under consideration by the Commission may be available on-line through this link.

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